Worst Packaging award prompts change

April 10, 2013

Foodstuff received the Unpackit Awards’ Worst Packaging title last year and it has prompted change.

“The Unpackit Awards are decided by public vote, and the message was given loudly and clearly to Foodstuffs when they won the Worst Packaging Award in 2012 that some of their packaging was frustrating customers.

“It’s to their credit that instead of getting defensive and hunkering down to protect the status quo, Foodstuffs have taken action to improve their packaging.”

Foodstuffs won the 2012 Unpackit Worst Packaging Award for a commonly-used practice of putting fruit and vegetables on polystyrene meat-trays and wrapping them in plastic.

I didn’t know about the awards but have often chosen not to buy fruit or vegetables which are packaged unnecessarily.

Why they need to wrap a lot of  fresh produce is beyond me.

Most fruit and vegetables are displayed in a way which allows the customer to take as much or as little as they want and for goods like a bunch of bananas of heads of broccoli there’s no need for bags or other packaging.

The Unpackit Packaging Awards are run by Wanaka Wastebusters to encourage New Zealanders to choose smart packaging and raise awareness about the issue of packaging waste.

Nominations for this year’s awards have opened.

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